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I have gathered that the supposed key to mastering reading comprehension is not to read the passages once thoroughly and then rely on your memory to answer the questions, but to mark them up as you read to create a kind of “roadmap” that you can later use to quickly locate and extract information when necessary.
Now, in the absence of being able to create digital annotations it seems you are left with a few options. First, you could create the “roadmap” on paper; I.e,. scribble “paragraph 1: tone/argument, paragraph 2: viewpoint” and so on and so forth. Second, as I have seen suggested by a Powerscore instructor on this forum, you could underline instances/indicators of structure, tone, arguments, and main point and highlight changes of viewpoint. Third, and I believe lastly, you could use different colours to highlight the different aforementioned features/indicators.
Regarding the first method, I believe it is entirely too cumbersome. Between looking up at your monitor and then down at your paper and picking up and dropping your pencil it seems you would waste far too much time. Not to mention the actual scribbling of the annotations themselves.
Regarding the second method, it seems that the purpose of creating the “roadmap” is to be able to quickly locate important features of the passage; however, by using an underline to denote four distinct features (structure, tone, arguments, and main point) it seems this purpose is frustrated. This is because, upon reflection, you cannot immediately recognize when your underline represents say, tone, and when it represents say, structure. Thus, you are required to spend time demarcating between the meanings of your various underlines.
Finally, regarding the third approach, I believe that the reasons for rejecting it go without saying.
Thus, all-in-all, it seems that insofar as reading comprehension is tested digitally there is no effective method by which one can create a “roadmap.” This is leaving me very frustrated and discouraged; any thoughts?